Monday, January 9, 2012

Mathematics Journalism

It turns out there is an annual award for Mathematics Journalism. I did not know this before, but I think it is an excellent thing; it is great to encourage this quite challenging of subfields.

I learned about the award because this year's winner, Dana Mackenzie, wrote about it on his chess blog, which I follow.

The prior winners of the award look like a fascinating list, including of course Martin Gardner, but there are a number of other authors on that list that I should follow up on. Somehow Martin Gardner was not the first winner of the award, but you certainly can't take anything away from the actual first winner (James Gleick); I've enjoyed several of his books.

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